Magma Plume: Rivers of lava flow from Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcano

August 5, 2011HAWAII – Eruptive activity at Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcano is continuing, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Experts say the crater floor and lava lake within Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō collapsed and lava flowed out of its west flank on Wednesday, leading to the closure of some  local roads in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The USGS stated: “Measurements today showed that the Pu’u ‘Ō’ō crater floor collapsed about 80-85 m (260-280 ft). The Pu’u ‘Ō’ō crater rim remained extremely unstable, with continued collapses along the crater walls sending blocks of rock onto the crater floor. Gas emissions from east rift zone sources remain elevated. Tourists have since flocked to the site to view dramatic glows from the new Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō eruption from several vantage points. In addition, Kīlauea’s summit eruption at Halema‘uma‘u crater continues, and visitors can often hear the roar from rocks exploding off crater walls, and can observe a beautiful red glow after nightfall. –IWO
(c) AP  2011              contribution Luisport
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1 Response to Magma Plume: Rivers of lava flow from Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcano

  1. lavapix says:

    The new flows have since died out to a small area near the source. It for now was just the draining of Puu Oo. The volume of lava has and still is deflating. What will happen next all depends on when it inflates and at what rate. I was up there a few days prior to this event to explore and get an idea of what it was going to do. It was easy to tell that this was inevitable. ck out my blog and website for the details and images. 20 yr Kilauea photo expert.


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